This is opportune timing for UNRWA to be in Geneva, at the start of the year, to call on our partners, donors and supporters to help us continue to provide protection, critical basic services and emergency assistance to Palestine refugees in 2020.
In 2019, we faced the most serious financial shortfall in the history of the agency. This already difficult situation was compounded by a crisis of confidence in the agency’s senior leadership following serious allegations of mismanagement.
It is clear that today our mandate is as relevant and important as it was the day UNRWA was established 70 years ago and that we are not alone. Since 1948 many countries and other partners have supported us.
On 15 November, Member States in the Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the General Assembly adopted the four annual draft resolutions that relate to UNRWA. The resolution “Assistance to Palestine Refugees” contained our mandate renewal, from the period 1...